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The assessment of the magnitude and ecological impacts of deforestation is most relevant and useful when it is accompanied by the modelling of the linkages between socio-economic configurations and the processes of changes. The development of models of deforestation processes is aimed at: (i) better understanding the causes and mechanisms of deforestation, (ii) generating predictions of future deforestation rates; (iii) contributing to the design of policy responses to deforestation. This report reviews all the modelling approaches which have been applied to deforestation processes. In developing countries the application of these models is constrained by the lack of ecological and socio-economic data. Remotely sensed data have the potential to partially fill this gap, provided that models are made spatially-explicit. A conceptual framework to integrate different modelling designs is proposed as a basis for future research.

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Authors: LAMBIN E, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15744 EN (1994) 128 pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from Joint Research Centre, Publication Department, I-21020 Ispra (Va.) (IT)
Record Number: 199410734 / Last updated on: 1995-03-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en